Performing the part of Angeolotti in Puccini’s Tosca as part of Tessitoura’s 2011 production. Photo by Andrew Chinery.

Famously called a “shabby little shocker”, Tosca is a very melodramatic opera with a powerful score and lovely interactions especially between the famous singer Tosca and the villaneous Baron Scarpia.

Angelotti is a relatively small role but he starts the opera by running into the first scene; the Sant’Andrea della Valle church in Rome. Wounded, he staggers around, speaks to Cavaradossi the painter before going into hiding. Although mentioned later on he is essentially a plot device. I played other parts in Act II.